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Moving Forward

by Steve Savard

KMOV.com

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:25 PM

I have a ton of thoughts regarding the Rams. I'm going to try to hit one or two a day to remain focused and not ramble.

A couple of topics today: For starters, I like the approach that Jim Haslett is taking down the stretch. That is, he's playing as many young guys as he can in an effort to find out who can and can't play at an NFL level. Never in the history of the St. Louis Rams have so many rookies or second year guys played this much. I'm intrigued by the way David Vobora played at middle linebacker Sunday. I hope he gets another start. Will Witherspoon's two bad shoulders make it almost impossible for him to take on blocks and his future is on the outside anyway. Vobora was a playmaker and tackling machine in college and is worth a closer look.

I'm also encouraged by the play of guard John Greco. I think this guy could and maybe should be a starter at either guard or center(a possible solution to the undersized center situation) next season. He's big and strong and has a nasty streak. He's also athletic enough to succeed.

Topic two---quarterback. Marc Bulger has played his worst football since the start of the 2007 season. Often, I give him the benefit of the doubt because he has no protection or running game. But, he had both against the Dolphins and still played poorly. Miami's Chad Pennington is proving you don't have to be dynamic to win but you do have to be efficient. Bulger's turnovers killed the Rams Sunday. .And he's not as accurate as he once was. The Rams will likely be picking in the top five in the draft and I think EVERY position is in play including Q-B. The Rams would do well to continue taking the "best player available." That's how teams build winning rosters. If that means that Georgia Q-B Matt Stafford is the best player on the board when the Rams pick then he should be the guy.

I'll have more tomorrow. Looking forward to Haslett's take tonight on his radio show on KLOU. The guy is remakably candid.

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